Showing posts from December, 2010

85 and Closing in on 525

ATM, I am still about 3 bubbles from reaching 85. Hopefully, I'll have some time tonight to get that last dozen quests done. Last night, I ran 2 random dungeons, the cooking daily and 1 random battleground then dinged 85! After dinging 85, I immediately ran over to the JP vendor , picked up the trinket and the head piece with the 3800 points I had left over from Wrath. I also picked up a honored rep ring from the Ramkahen QM. My next acquisitions will likely be tailoring items. I am highly favoring the Flame Ascended Pantaloons and the Batman, er, Dreamless Belt . I have a guildie working on leveling tailoring and all she asks is for the mats (400 embersilk and 60 of each type volatile for both items). Working on the pants first, then worry about the belt later. I am still working through Uldum at the moment. I figure I'll finish out the zone, so I can get really close to that camel mount. I've had 4 successful runs through Vortex Pinnacle. I'll see about a write-

Macro Quickie - Using Your Charms!

Doing the fishing daily, the one I am getting most often lately is Crawfish Creole . This quest has you fly around Orgrimmar and pickup 10 muddy crawfish. My macro for this fishing quest is: /tar Muddy Crawfish /run SetRaidTarget("target", 5)  The beauty of the macro is that the crawfish have a raid icon on them. Raid icons don't have LOS issues. Can you find the next muddy crawfish? I have another very similar macro for finding quest NPCs. Fly around and spam the button looking for him/her. When it clicks, they have a raid icon on them, so, now you simply run towards the moon/star/horse shoe... etc. Edit macro and replace with Lucky The Leprechaun . Magically Delicious! Your options for raid icons include: 0 = no icon or Remove icon 1 = Yellow 4-point Star 2 = Orange Circle 3 = Purple Diamond 4 = Green Triangle 5 = White Crescent Moon 6 = Blue Square 7 = Red "X" Cross 8 = White Skull

Question about the Christmas Card from Blizzard!??

Is this a warlock flying in this Christmas Card concept art from Blizzard? Cloth, dps, and has that claw hand look like the warlock class icon. Blizzard, that would make an excellent present , that all warlocks would absolutely love to receive!!

Stonecore and More

Last night I was happy when two guildies wanted to run a random dungeon with me (tank and dps). Instead of the 38 minute queue time, we had a party in about 10 minutes. Didn't even have time to finish the Clammy Hands fishing daily. The dungeon we randomly got was Stonecore . Stonecore is fun. Stonecore is about the crowd control. Ok, crowd control and staying out of the mess on the ground. Corobus - Here's a mage who starts off with the first trash fight, get's involved in each of the next two, then transforms into get's passed by a giant worm. (he he, mage's are truely worms?!) As a lock, my job was to glyphed fear one of the trash (then banish the elemental he converts into) while the tank worked through the others. Focus on Corobus until he moves along. The boss fight, think Anub'arak in Azjol-Nerub. Investigate: Macro to do a fear / fear on focus / set focus to target. The trash between Corobus and Slabhide includes those borers in Deepholm and a

A Gamer's Holiday Gift Ideas for Non-Gamers

With the holiday quickly approaching and many people looking to purchase gifts for their loved ones, I thought I'd throw out a handy dandy gift guide. I find that many of my relatives don't quite understand my hobby. It's not like watercolor painting or maybe scrap booking, where someone can easily get me a gift card for the local art supply shop and feel like I'd absolutely love them for it. Our hobby, involves a technical barrier that prevents idle purchase. Now my hints below will be primary for players inside the World of Warcraft, but much will apply to other gaming. Gift Ideas:   Authenticator - In this world of key-loggers and hackers attempting to make money from gamers. This provides your gamer security, via a token that generates a random 6 digit key. This key is unique to their account and will need to be entered everytime they logon to the game. This $6 investment pays back in the form of not missing game play. (and it grants a free pet ). Time - Time

Justice for Warlocks!

Like, OMG, did you see what that outfit on Lady Nas'Jar . It's like totally last Xpac. Doesn't her BFF know that Periwinkle is not the new Purple ? (ends bad imitation of teen-age girl) I don't know about you, but I am already tired of the "Is this item better than what I have?" game. Sure PAWN is awesome! , in that I can see immediately if it's an upgrade, or if I should vendor it. Combine that with Outfitter, and I've basically automated gear selection and equipping. What I am totally looking forward to, is my first round of point-purchased gear . You know, that gear you only replace by raiding, or doing the next round of dungeons. Head - Cowl of Pleasant Doom (2200 justice points) Neck - String of Beaded Bubbles (1250 justice points) Shoulders - Meadow Mantle (1650 justice points) Chest - Robes of Embalmed Darkness (2200 justice points) Hands - Gloves of Painless Midnight (1650 justice points) Waist - Incense Infused Cumberbund (1

Bad Days for a WoW Player to Stay Home

Being a salaried IT professional, I have the flexibility, on occasion, to work from home. It works really handy for when this Dad must stay home with sick kids or wait for a delivery of Christmas proportions. Sometimes during my stay, I fire up the WoW client and run a heroic, or do a little fishing in the background. Here is my really short list of days, that a (casual) player in particular shouldn't bother staying home. Patch days, like today. :( Kid's school holidays Edit: Days waiting for contractors to show. Can't be polite and run a dungeon, knowing someone is going to be ringing the door bell...   Yep, not much today.  If I am able to play tonight, Elk will be doing more quests in Deepholm. Running the beta, I had seen a good portion of Hyjal and Vashjir. Now that Elk is 82, I jumped to Deepholm for the evident gear upgrades, plus so that he can " find " the Stonecore entrance. He now has the three low dungeons which he can queue for. One more hour u

A bit about Archaeology

Found a link to this site on the Wowapedia site about Archaeology . I loved TotalBiscuit 's video on the sunflower pet and had to check this out. I think you'll find this short very useful for figuring out how to survey and find things in this new secondary profession.

Got AddOns?

In my opinion, one of the best elements to playing WoW is the capability of using addons. In my limited MMO gaming experience, addons or hacks were just that, hacks. You did it to change the game to your benefit. Often consider a illegal. I learned about AddOns in a sort of backhanded approach. My original install of Warcraft came from a dump of the folder from a friends machine. Sure, I paid $40 for the license, but the media came on a flash drive from his PC, addons and all. It wasn't until BC, that I learned how tweeked my view of the GUI truely was. I remember the day, saying "I CAN'T PLAY RAW!" Buttons were all in the wrong place, I only had 2 rows of bars, and my mini-map didn't show herb possibilities any longer; it was devastating. A few years ago, I started using WowMatrix and have not been surprised again. WowMatrix downloads addons from a variety of locations, and doesn't ask for money (like some other addon updaters I've used). Unfortunatel

Dungeon Finder Video

Dungeons are my bread and butter. Since I started leveling my priest, I've come to love running dungeons to get basically free XP and nice gear upgrades. With the changes in Cataclysm, you can no longer start running dungeons until you 'find' them. Well, here those fine folks at WowHead have put together this video showing how to get to each dungeon entrance.

Elk's Cataclysm story so far...

Last night was a lovely thing. One minute I am in Wrath expansion, a global says reload software and come back in. 10 minutes of authentication failures and I get in. No disk to load, no patch to install. It was an absolutely sweet experience. Compared to the anti-climax that Nibs referred to, I thought the patch was a dream come true. I didn't do any pre-questing (ok, the just the Org fishing and cooking daily, but forgot to train-up before turning in quests). I just didn't have the time this week to spend in getting the quests gathered and turned in. I barely had enough time to log on and run Heroic Daily for Goblin rep (now revered). What I did do: Learned Archaelogy. The guy is standing next to Garrosh. Picked up Azeroth Flying, made next step a dream. Flew around Orgrimmar and trained up all professions (alchemy, cooking, first aid, fishing, and herbalism) From breadcrumb quest, flew out to boat and started working on quests in Vashjir.  Things learned: Party b

Today's the DAY!

Are You Prepared?

Tomorrow is the day. You'd think that a cataclysm would be a surprise, but?? I guess Blizzard would like to charge for the experience... Since we know, we can prepare. I am not really thinking about trying to be first-in-game level 85 warlock, but I would like to be say, first in Guild. To do so, I am planning on starting at midnight and leveling as much as possible until say 3am Tuesday. Sleep til my wife and children are off to school, then play again until 2PM when I will pick them up. My question to you, have you thought about what you'll need? No, I don't mean in game . I mean RL. You know the land of bio breaks, breakfast and babies. I'd like to share a few items I plan to do today to prepare. Time - off for good behavior. First order of business, is to forget business. I have scheduled 2 days off, Tuesday and Wednesday. Yes, like a new movie, I plan to logon at midnight and start leveling. :D Rested. No Warcraft Sunday night. This should help make sure th

Why are you not Championing?

I know, I know, you're not an achievement whore ( like me ). You're not a mount junkie ( like me ). You're all about the game. Still it's free rep to champion one of the new races coming into the game, and Blizzard has made it EASY to get exalted with your faction's new race. I ran a Heroic HOR and picked up a quick 1000 rep with the goblins . You need approximately 40,000 rep to get to Exalted. That's an easy (at the current rate) 40 heroic (Wrath) dungeons. Just for wearing their tabard...Combine that with a bunch of Justice points you'll get.. Cheaper prices when purchasing from the Goblins Possibility of a loud, alliance bashing mount Tons of badges justice points for your Tier 11 set when Cata drops next week.  Why are you not championing while in the dungeons?

Plants vs Zombies Mini Game - Broken?

Edit: My newest pet! I pointed out during the beta, the singing sunflower pet. You load him her up and she sings a little melody (sort of like the Troll Senjin fetish); voiced by Laura Sigihara from the theme song/commercial . view of old dal crater Brazie the Botanist To get this pet, you need to beat 4 different waves of zombies (i.e. scourge) then the boss. Each new series of beasties, brings a new plant. Phase 1 Collect sunshine pellets (+5 sunshine) by right clicking on them. Plant sun spitters (20 sunshine - dps) Phase 2 Plant sunflowers (10 sunshine - generates more solar power) and collect sunshine pellets Plant sun spitters Pickup icey plants (20 sunshine - slow) Phase 3 Phase 2, but now you get 'rocknut' (15 sunshine mini tank). Will aggro zombies around it and they'll attack it down. You can put these behind zombies and they'll turn around to attack it.  You pickup a strangle vine (30 sunshine). It will attack a single zombie u

Dance Buddy

Doing the funky chicken, with my boomchicken I love my pets. I love pets that I can interact with. Stinker chases the girls. Pandera does something, but haven't figured out. /Dance with your Moonkin pet and he'll funky chicken right with ya'. Boomkin style.  Plus $5 goes to a good cause.. Woot!